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AutismBC Talks: Neurodivergence and Mental Health Supports: A Therapist’s Perspective
November 29 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us for an informative AutismBC Talks: Neurodivergence and Mental Health Supports: A Therapist’s Perspective, This Talk is designed to empower individuals and families to better understand the intersection of neurodivergence and mental health and considerations for navigating mental health services and supports, from the perspectives and experiences of a clinical social worker in their role as a mental health therapist and researcher in this space.
Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:
• Learn from the experiences of a clinical social worker who works alongside mostly neurodivergent folks in a private practice counselling setting.
• Answers to your frequently asked questions about:
Ways in which neurodivergence and mental health can intersect
Common mental health experiences of neurodivergent individuals
Common barriers and facilitators experienced by neurodivergent individuals in mental health systems of care
Potential ways to support and reinforce mental health and wellbeing
Our goal is to offer an opportunity for participants to learn about common experiences of mental health and well-being among the neurodivergent community, to learn more about the research to date in this area, and to have your questions answered.
We will have a 1-hour question and answer session with Rae to address inquiries from our membership. We’ll begin by discussing Frequently Asked Questions in a Q&A format with Liv and Rae. These questions have been submitted in advance during the registration process. Towards the end, we’ll allocate approximately 15 minutes to address live questions.
Considering the sensitive nature of the topic and the past trauma some of our members have experienced while seeking mental health support, we intend to keep the recording private and not publicly post it. Following the live session, we will provide a summary and transcription of the questions on our blog.
Speakers: Rae Morris, MSW, RCSW (she/her)
Rae Morris, MSW, RCSW (she/her) is a neurodivergent cisgender white settler woman who provides private counselling/therapy with individuals and families
Rae resides on the traditional and unceded territories of the Indigenous and First Nations peoples across British Columbia. She is the director of Rae Morris Counselling Group, a neurodiversity and identity-affirming counselling practice. In her clinical practice, she provides mental health support and counselling for individuals and families across the lifespan as well as consultation and professional development for professionals. Many of Rae’s clients are neurodivergent youth or adults, and many are self-identified or formally diagnosed Autistic, ADHD, and/or gifted. In addition to her clinical work, Rae is a PhD Candidate in the University of British Columbia School of Social Work and a sessional instructor teaching advanced clinical practice courses to students in the Master of Social Work program. Rae’s doctoral dissertation project is focused on the experiences of autistic adults and mental health providers in their interactions with mental health systems of care.
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